SKERES, Mistress


Institute of Historical Research



Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'SKERES, Mistress', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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Mistress SKERES


NameMistress SKERES (SKAIR)
Marital statusMarried 1571 (Wife of Skeres 1571. Husband: medical barber-surgeon, Broker (NOT brother))
Primary occupationnon-medical (Wife of Skeres a ?broker ?brother)
Period of medical practice1561-1581
Addressnr St Helens 1571
Other notesAccused & imprisoned 1571. Husb ?=Thomas SKAIR apprentice to Vicary 1561?

Known London address

near St Helen's
ParishSt Helen Bishopsgate
WardBishopsgate (Within & Without)

Censorial hearings

15 Oct 1571
Entry'the wife of Skeres, a broker near St Helen's, was put in prison because she practised medicine: a complaint had been made by the wife of Barker of Newgate Street, that she had received bad treatment when she was suffering from catarrh saying that she had ruined her appearance. She had however given her only one medicine for her use, a preparation which appeared to us not unwholesome; but she was however warned not to use it without the agreement of a physician from the College lest it should harm her. She was dismissed, everyone being satisfied, not only our officials but also the wife of Barker whose damages were assessed at ten shillings (representing the harm done to her appearance, the remainder having been cleared).'
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenPreviously imprisoned, now released and fined 10s.
SentenceImprisoned, fined 10s. for patient's damages, released
Number of crimes1

SLATER, Nicholas